After all the initial excitement a few years back, and despite seeing active duty, I have to admit that ExtreMon wasn’t evolving as it should have these past few years. Suffice it to say I didn’t have the time to work on it, despite the many requests.
it says “m4rienf authored ”
“a year ago”
which is really sad.
So, it being spring, I decided to do something about it. I’m arranging my replacement in other projects in order to focus on ExtreMon, to bring IT monitoring into the 21st Century, and a few other, smaller but related real-time projects, mostly from my Wetteren, Belgium office.
If you don’t remember what ExtreMon is about, allow me to quote myself:
Designers and operators of critical systems like (nuclear) power plants, automated factories, and power distribution grid management installations have always [...] taken for granted, [...], that information about a system is visualised on an exact schematic representation of that system, and that the information thus visualized is the current, up-to-date state of the system at all times, regardless of the technology used, and regardless of the distance between the system and the operator. [...] What is sought is called Situational Awareness, which we consider requires a monitoring system to be Real-time, Representative, Comprehensive, and to respect the cognitive strengths and limitations of its human operators. The IT sector, despite having successfully supported these other industries for decades and being one of the most impacted by the evolution towards supersystems, remains decades behind in terms of supporting Situation Awareness for its operators, remaining in a dispersed, non-interoperable, out-of-date mode with representations requiring the extensive cognitive efforts much like the dreaded “stove-pipe” accumulation of technologies that plague combat technologies and that military designers have been actively trying to resolve for many years.Marien, F. (2012). ‘Mending The Cobbler’s Shoes: Supporting Situation Awareness in Distributed IT Supersystems.’. Master’s Thesis submitted to the University Of Liverpool. Available on request.
I’m therefore looking for IT-driven organisations that have a need for schematic, live, internet-wide monitoring, power plant / chemical factory / NORAD style, and are willing to engage in an ideally Agile type process with my company to achieve this. The idea is that ExtreMon is FOSS, and that you will not be paying for the software, only for my time in getting you set up, optionally in managing your monitoring infrastructure, or hosting it, and any custom development that you would need (“custom” means you need something that no other ExtreMon user would be able to use).
If you would be interested or know of organisations that might be, I would very much like to hear about it.
There are a few pilot sites, but I would need several more to make this viable (and to avoid it becoming too focused on a particular organisation’s Modus Operandi). All sorts of cooperation modes are possible.
I need the Field Exposure and, “Frankly”, you probably need the Situation Awareness!